my four days in Los Angeles have sped by.
Claudia and her family have been so very kind
made me welcome, fed and watered me,
given me a comfy bed
& taken me to gaze at extraordinary flowers in the dark of the night.
today was the last day of our class
there was much last minute bundling
a good deal of stitching
considerable trepidation when faced with cutting
and at the very end
the New Orleans tradition of lagniappe
introduced in San Francisco by Nikki
made its way into our class as well
during our preparation day for the class
Claudia had taken me to Runyon Canyon
to gather windfalls
i happened to notice a large infestation of Dactylopius coccus*
on an Opuntia cactus
we scraped a small amount off with a stick
[about a half teaspoon's worth]
and i put it in my backpack
today it became the last bundle
not a bad wrap at all.